Bragga did he take kindly to disrespect and because everyone knew this, most of the other gangs left his little posse alone. But as things go in the drug trade, trust was hard to come by. Some of the members in his own group resented Bragga’s trust of Andy and Gabby over them.
One even, Gabby was having dinner with his latest girlfriend, when Bragga called. He was going to meet a new contact who was looking for a new supplier.
” Do you trust this meet, Bragga? how did he get your number? “
” Is cool man, him is Marcus friend. “
Marcus was Bragga’s right hand man before Gabby got into the business, but he was more muscle that brains. Gabby had quickly won over Bragga’s confidence with his business savvy mind and had soon Marcus’s place as Bragga’s new lieutenant.
” I can come with you if you want, “ Gabby had suggested, but Bragga wouldn’t hear of it.
” no man. Chill, brethren. Take care of you girl. I going to be alright man. “ he insisted.
The meeting turned out to be a set-up. Marcus had decided to get rid of Bragga and take over his operation so he had hired some guys to lure Bragga to the bogus meeting. He was attacked by a group of men in ski mask as he stood under the bridge where he was supposed to meet with his new contact. He was found unconscious a few hours later with severe stab wounds and rushed to hospital. Gabby and Andy were the only two people at his hospital bedside.
“ He is conscious but he’s punctured both lungs and sustained severe abdominal injuries too, “ the doctor had told them.
Bragga opened his eyes as they approached his hospital bed. His breathing came in laboured gasps. It was an effort to speak, but the two friends couldn’t stop him despite the tubes and breathing apparatus in his nose.
“ Garby… You… is me real true brethren “ The words came out in a dry raspy voice. ” Most’a the people ina this business them’a Judas under disguise. Them will sell you out. Hear... me advice my... youth, you know weh mi money deh..., I man nuh have... no family, take the... money, the two’a you, leave ...the business and ...do something with you life.“ he coughed wildly before going on, ” me nuh want you to end up like me, is not a... good life man, you ...“ He was seized by another coughing spell that shook his entitre body and the EKG machine beeped loudly. Gabby and Andy were asked to leave. That was the last time they ever saw their friend alive.
Andy took Bragga’s advice and decided on a career as a soldier, joining the Royal Marine corp.
Gabby continued his criminal activities until just like Bragga, he found himself in bad deal. Expecting to make a quick transaction, he’d hired a taxi to meet his client but no sooner had he stepped out of his taxi, than he found himself suddenly grabbed in a headlock from behind. Even though he was a physically strong man, he could not get his neck out of the man’s locked grip. Then another man had stepped up to him.
” Hello pretty bwoy, just so you know, we run things now, rude bwoy, “ the man said bringing his face within inches of Gabby‘s. He spoke with a Jamaican accent but Gabby could tell he was not Jamaican. ” say hello to Bragga fi me. pussy!! “ He spat.
Before he knew what was happening, Gabby felt a searing pain in his stomach as the man thrust a knife into him. His hand materialised out of the darkness, Gabby could see the blade glistening with his own blood in the dimly lit street. He tried to make a sound but all that came out of his constricted throat was a low gurgling noise. With a look of pure ruthlessness the man had plunged the knife in again, stabbing Gabby several times before the other man let him slump to the ground, blood flowing from his wounds..
He was left on the deserted street, blood spewing from his mouth and wounds. His breathing shallower and more laboured as he realised he was slowly losing consciousness.
Is this it for me? Idon’t want to die on this empty street. Mother... he thought ... it will break her heart. God... I don’t want go out like this...
His limbs felt as heavy as lead and the darkness was creeping in at the edges of his vision.
Then a bright white light filled his vision… just like in the movies, he thought, will I go to heaven...
“ I’m sorry… mother “ he whispered, ready to succumb to the light.
Hello... hello, oh...god… are....alright? He heard a voice, then he saw the blurry face peering into his face, it was the angel, she was the one the voice belonged to. She is beautiful!! he thought, I must be in heaven!!
” are you alright? Can you hear me? “ the angel asked in a faraway voice.
Then everything went black.
The ringing phone on his lap roused Gabby from his mind trip to the present. He was almost home. He picked up the phone as he pulled up in the driveway.
” hello, babe, I’m just parking. “ he said and hung up. Antoinette opened the front door and gave him a small wave. Gabby looked at her silhouetted figure leaning against the doorframe.
I’m a really lucky man.
He walked up to the door and took her hands in his. He gave her a long, lingering kiss.
” I love you babe. “
” Hmmm!! is everything ok? You don’t look too cheerful today. “ she looked up at him.
“ No, I’m alright. “
” Did you have an argument with one of the guys? You look a bit tense, “
” Nothing’s wrong, “ he shrugged. ”can’t I tell my gorgeous wife that I love her? Come on, let’s go inside. “
Antoinette followed him into the house, I know you and by the look in your eyes, I know something’s on your mind. Maybe you’ll talk about it later.